The color of the year, Tangerine Tango is showcased here with a custom wall finish by Anna Donahue

This interior designer from Grand Rapids, MI really knows how to blend art in all its forms into a design space.  She found her love of interior design to be an extension of her career as a fine artist. As part of her degree in Fine Arts and Communication Arts education, Anna became an expert on color theory. “I believe it is the most important part of the color conversation in interior design, creating the mood of the room.”  All the aspects of color in the design (paint, drapery, fabric, flooring, décor, etc.) become an art event with the room as her canvas.  With over 20 years and hundreds of interior design projects to her credit, she knows how to get the job done.


Anna Donahue designed this office foyer with welcoming warm colors and modern furniture

Anna works on all kinds of interior design projects, about 30% commercial, 10% liturgical, some health care and assisted living space with the remainder residential.  She will design unique drapery, upholstery, wallpaper, rugs, etc. to fit the individual project and send the original design out to a subcontractor for fabrication and possibly an interior decorator for installation. Her design studio AK Donahue Designs offers a large variety of services, from drafting and architectural drawings, furniture and décor selection and design, structural changes to better fit your needs, flooring, drapery, paint color selection, and just about anything you could need to pull together the design for your space.  


A Dramatic and comfortable retreat is surrounded by a colorful ceiling and wall mural by Anna Donahue

When I asked her if she had a particular style that she enjoyed working with, Anna said that she works with everything, from modern, transitional, historical to eclectic. “Everything is in style today, you don’t have to go with the colors or styles of a particular era (mauve, for instance) but rather choose what is most personal to you.”  This can mean a variety of styles in one space, mixing modern pieces in a historical setting.  It’s about finding your own unique and individual style, then making it all happen.


Modern art sets off this bright and colorful room designed by Anna Donahue

One of the interesting things I have found in talking to Anna is her generosity of spirit.  She recently worked on the interior
design of a nursing home and donated her time teaching an art class to the residents. She has donated her time and talents to many community, civic and humanitarian organizations, leaving a beautiful legacy of art. 

Anna works to build a relationship of trust, communication and energy to create a unique and beautiful space.  Check out her beautiful work or contact her via her webpage at AnnaDonahue.com.

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